Porcelain veneers have been the flagship procedure for cosmetic and restorative dentistry since the late 1970’s. Their more than 30 year success story can be traced to NASA and the space shuttle program. When NASA had trouble with missing tiles upon re-entry, they developed the method of bonding the porcelain tiles to the undercarriage. The bonding technology was adapted to dentistry and has allowed us to bond porcelain veneers directly to the tooth surface without an underlying metal substructure. The chemical bond creates an amazingly sturdy restoration, which is as strong as natural tooth structure and one that will not stain. Fischl Dental Associates has specialized training in the advanced porcelain veneer bonding technology that has allowed us to successfully place hundreds of these restorations.
Porcelain veneers can be very thin (as thin as a fingernail), allowing for minimal or no tooth reduction. This minimally invasive preservation of the strong enamel tooth structure provides for a longer-lasting restoration. The semi-translucent veneer can be made to match the light-transmitting properties of natural teeth, and being metal-free, eliminates the hated “black” line found around many traditional porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Exquisite natural aesthetics are achieved with these restorations, most often used to close spaces, replace worn enamel, repair broken or chipped teeth, reshape crooked or misaligned teeth, and cover permanently stained or discolored teeth.
If you have questions about porcelain veneers, please contact Drs. Fischl for more information.